GENEVA – As many as 10.5 million children worldwide work as domestic servants, in what can be hazardous and even slave-like conditions, the International Labor Organization said Wednesday.
The UN labor agency said almost three quarters of such youngsters are girls, and that 6.5 million child servants are between five and 14 years old.
The reality on the ground flies in the face of international efforts to halt such exploitation, said Constance Thomas, director of the ILO’s global program to eliminate child labor.
“The situation of many child domestic workers not only constitutes a serious violation of child rights, but remains an obstacle to the achievement of many national and international development objectives,” she said.
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